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-terrorist official tells the u.s. to focus -- economic targets like banks and stock exchanges. at the same time, developments on the battlefields in afghanistan and pakistan that are linked to the plot, apparently. here are key points. authorities say a german citizen of afghan descent is in custody spelling out the terror plan, like the terror plot in mumbai that killed 164 people two years ago. osama bin laden apparently approved the plan. no word so far if threats were also made against the united states. now, to the war zone in afghanistan and pakistan. nato says an air strike killed a top al qaeda commander in northern afghanistan along its border with pakistan. the u.s. recently increased the number of drone attacks in pakistan, and this may be due in part to information on the terror plot. drone targets in pakistan include taliban and al qaeda forces and militants linked to al qaeda. and the taliban denied claims made by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, that the taliban wants, was in contact with afghan government officials about possible peace talks. there'
at them flying. cell phone video giving us a front row seat. >>> heavy machinery grinding into disputing soil. israel restarting construction today. >>> if it's tried and fast, it's usually fattening. cnn begins a focus on american's killer diet. we call the series, "eatocracy." >> there foods in fast food restaurants that are good for you. >> how about that. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> extreme fear of an impending crash followed by relief after the pilot brings the plane down safely. it was caught on video by the passengers themselves aboard delta airlines flight 4951 this weekend. >> brace for impact. >> stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! >> kept their heads down then got them up and clapped. the pilot made an emergency landing because the right rear landing gear was stuck. josh levs been following the details. >> two sides to it. the relief, then the invest about why did that go wrong. let's start with what happened. you had 64 people on the plane. took off from atlanta. supposed to go to white plains. made the emergency landing at jfk. 60 passengers
'll tell us why and what he's doing about it. >>> you've been telling us who your heroes are, thousands of you. now we'll reveal the top ten cnn heroes of the year for the first time right here this hour on cnn. >>> first if you want to make a republican smile, mention the year 1994. that year is midterm elections coming halfway through the first term of a democratic president, bill clinton, republicans picked up 54 house seats and 8 senate seats. more than enough to win control of both houses of congress. 16 years later, we are halfway through the first term of a democratic president, a different one now with the democratic majority in congress and republicans aren't the only ones making comparisons and predictions and promises. this morning, the house republican leadership rolled out its pledge to america. a longer and less specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal
months ago this week, a top to bottom overhaul of u.s. health care, an overhaul that presidents dating back to teddy roosevelt have contemplated, debated, or attempted. six months ago, it was sign into law by president obama. today as you may have seen live here on cnn, the president talking about provisions of that law that come into force this week. this is the first of that health care bill. it's what the white house calls a patients' bill of rights. he's just about the only democrat who is going to use health and reform in the same sentence because the reason has to do with the calendar. we're 40 days away from the elections where every single house seat and 37 senate seats are up for grabs. voters are split to say the least. 40% of americans favor reform, 56% oppose it. there are some tricks to that poll because the 56% oppose, some oppose because it didn't go far enough. most say it's too liberal, but a sizable chunk says it doesn't go far enough. when we ask which party can handle the issue better, it's a dead heat. all of this forms a backdrop to the president's visit to a fami
, cnn, new york. >>> that does it for us. have a fabulous weekend. don lemon in for tony harris today. >> we're in the wrong business. we have to do something else besides this. have a great weekend, kyra. >>> live from studio 7 at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta, big stories for friday september 24th. comedian stephen colbert tells congress about his day as a migrant farm worker. >>> the military special ops weather team in action. a critical unit when war depends on the battlefield forecast. >> what does this have to do with weather? >> well, you have to be alive to report the weather. >>> and home, after more than a year in an iran prison, sarah shourd sits down today with cnn. >> nothing in life can prepare you for something like this. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm don lemon. tony is off today. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >> but, up first, mr. colbert goes to washington. comedy central funny man stephen colbert brings his spin to serious issues, farm labor and immigration. he testified momenting ago before a congressional subco
and fire. 37 homes were destroyed. cnn's ted rowlands is live in san bruno today. give us an idea of what these residents were able to see. >> well, fredricka, we're talking about the people that were just outside that perimeter of the blast zone. the homes that were completely demolished, that's still a crime scene. and investigators are still literally sifting through the dirt there looking foiar any potential evidence or potential hun remains. but it's those people that live in the surrounding homes, the ones that are still standing, that have been out of their homes since the thursday explosion. they were allowed back today.us last jt hour and a half. they've been going back into their homes, and whngat they're seeing is, yes, their home is intact. but they're seeing thetr neighborhood completely destroyed. it's a pretty emotional scene, as you can imagine out there on the hill. meanwhile, the questions ontinue as to how this happened. and theng investigation is movi too slowly for a lot of people here. politicians have urged the investigators to pick up the pace or at least deliver i
why. that will do it for us. thanks for getting up for a special edition of american morning. head to our blog. we hope you have a wonderful weekend. >> see you back here on monday. the news continues with kyra phillips. >> good morning and thanks. we are going to get right to the breaking news in san bruno, california. the neighborhood fire has been burn for almost 12 hours. natural gas feeding it. that fire is still so intense that crews can't even look for victims yet. at least three people are reported dead. the fire captain expects the numbers to rise. two dozen have been hurt and 100 homes damaged. it started with a ruptured gas line and a huge explosion. a team with the ntsb is headed to see what went wrong. crews and the red cross and doctors, nurses and neighborhoods were turned upside down in a flash. the blast and fire was so sudden and intense, people barely had time to react. one survivor said that the car bumper actually melted as he was racing away. he is talking with survivors. dan? >> we are in the bark parking lot of a parking mall. this is where many of the evacu
center where 48 were killed just two weeks ago. this of course comes four days now after the u.s. formally handed over military command to the iraqis. a lot of people are asking how did iraqi security forces perform? >>> also, censored. craigslist taking down its adult services section after criticism from the cnn center, this is "cnn sunday morning." it is 6:00 a.m. where i sit in atlanta, georgia, 1:00 p.m. in baghdad, glad you could be with us. i'm t.j. holmes. we welcome troops watching on the armed forces network in iraq and afghanistan. thank you for starting your day with us. we start in iraq, security in the country has been fresh on the minds of people here in the u.s. and around the world after the u.s. formally handed command to the iraqis. suicide bombers going after a familiar target. we want to go to our arwa damon in baghdad for us. arwa, yes, of course the security has been fresh on the mind after the formal handover but truth be known iraqi forces have been in the lead of security for that country for some time in the first place but tell us why this familiar tar
was overseas. he wanted to be in the united states to do it. now, the name that he is use, cordoba house he explains in his "new york times" op-ed, it was inspired by the city in spain where muslims, christians and jews coexisted in the middle ages during a period of great cultural enrichment created by muslims. and, of course, there is nothing in this entire discussion that is free of controversy, even that statement is challenged by some people to say things weren't as good in cordoba, spain in the 1500s and 1400s, as this imam would have you believe. but you're going to hear it from him, himself, tonight on "larry king live." soledad o'brien will be interviewing him for the first time on television tonight. deborah feyerick, as well, has been following this story with great detail. if we want to know more about who this man is, how and why he got to the center of this controversy, you can hear it best from deborah. listen to this. >> reporter: you have never heard him speak. this is what imam abdul rauf has to say. >> the major theme in islam is the oneness of god. and that we should wor
. >>> hello, everyone. it's the top ofth the hour. thanks for joining us. there is new questions tonight about the gas main that exploded this week in california. cnn has obtained documents showing as farck back as 2007 t utility pg&e considered a portion of the main that ruptured to have a high risk of tsilure. the first residents were escorted home to see thedamage. four people were killed. six are still missing. ted rollins joins us with the latest on that. imagine seeingthat up close ande ersonal, what once were your possessions. >> reporter: absolutely, don. we went with a couple that went baa to their home. their house is just two houses d away from area of destroyed homes. on saw the images television. they were speechless on their balcony looking over the sheer devastation of what used to be their neighborhood. pretty emotional day up there. >> just looking at all this. i -- i saw this from the news. but being here and the first time coming up here and looking at all this, it was just there's no words. i can't really explain. >> and residents who lost thr homes, don, we should tell yo
. >> that does it for us. thanks for joining us. i'll see you back here tomorrow morning. brooke bad dwin in for tony harry today. >>> the big stories for tuesday, september 21st starting with bp's spilled oil seeping under the beautiful white sand beaches there in florida but apparently nobody's allowed to dig it up. >> i can't build a sand castle. >> what are you digging for? >> i'm digging in the sand. >> are you digging for oil product? >>> we followed his heart-tugging journey for a year. a florida teen set on fire finishing his long and painful burn treatments today. >> it feels good. i'm free. >>> hart today, president obama awards the medal of honor to an air force tech who died on a top secret mission to laos. >> i live it every day. it haunts me. >> and, good morning, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin in for tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> want to begin this hour with a question for you. what if the gulf oil spill saturated florida's beaches? i'm talking getting deep, deep down in there, but the law wouldn't allow anyone to c
you could be a taliban member and kill american soldiers. the u.s. military is so upset about this that te game has been banned from being sold on most u.s. army bases. the good news, i suppose, is here's a situation in which the united stas could have a decisive victory over the taliban. too bad it's just a game. thanks for joining my program this week. i will see you next week. >>> will this be the day iran finally freeze an america hiker? >>> three days after that deadly explosion in san bro, californ, workers return to their devastating neighborhood. >>> modern-day flavor in the united states. we've have the shocking results of seven-year investigation. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're waiting to see if iran is going to free detained u.s. hiker sarah shourd. shourd is one of three american hikers arrested in iran more than a year ago and accused of spying. late last week, iran announced shourd would be released, then said she wouldn't, but there'sw new hope today. we're filled in on this latest back and forth. as another delay by the iran governme
'm suzanne malvo. join us weekdays in the "situation room" from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern and this time every weekend on cnn international. the news continues next on c nchcnn. >>> where is the self-professed mastermind of 9/11? are we any closer to capturing him? the owhere abouts of osama bin laden. >>> their homes blew up around them shattering lives and possessions. they're looking for answers an i don't, the death toll could rise from the devastating gas explosion in california. the neighborhood that looks like a war zone. >>> and the city of juarez, mexico, is a real war zone and the children are not immune. the drastic measures to keep children alive in the murder capital of the world. >>> good evening. i'm 9/11. nine years later at ground zero in new york, at the pentagon and atie a quiet field in pennsylvania, solemn ceremonies marked the day hijackers took control of four airlines and took aim at america'sd politic and financial capitals. the nation has changed in so many ways. some changes obvious and others, more subtle. today's speakers reminded all of us of what hadn't changed
export. obviously we import a lot more than we export. well, the u.s. trade deficit dropped sharply last month. again, unexpectedly. due largely to the fact that we are exporting record numbers of goods and i'll tell you about that in a second. these are two very, very important parts of our economy which indicate, well, maybe things aren't all that bad. maybe people aren't, things aren't as bad as some people will have you believe. >>> now i want to tell you about four bright spots in the economy right now. one of them, i said we're exporting a lot. one of the things we're exporting a lot of are farming products. things that we farm here in america. and largely that's because there are developing economies like brazil and china, who are buying more of what we export. in fact, china is set now to become the second-biggest buyer of things that produced on american farms. the biggest buyer, he for your information, is canada. number two, mergers and acquisitions, we've been talking about this. you may have heard about it. we don't talk about it all the that much on cnn. but companies are b
's on a cia military hit list to be killed or captured. al awlaki's father is suing the u.s. from going after him. the u.s. secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and director of the cia want that lawsuit dismissed. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is watching the developments from washington. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for
along with others. on friday at 11:00, he doesn't speak to the people but to the base and us. >> he's trying to drive the conversation into the weekend. we are inside the two-minute warning. he is an extraordinary communicator, but as president, people said what happened to the guy who was out on the campaign trail. >> right. it brings it back to something donna said earlier, she says he thinks he has the juice to bring people out. i saw him say do this one tore me, come out like you do for me in 2008. he does the same thing in virginia and republicans won those. this is different. if he can frame it as a big, big election for him and his agenda. it's a tough go. >> you have to define the stakes for his voters to get out and vote. that's something he hasn't done. >> remember, congress returns next week and the other thing the president wants to do is to help set the agenda for the closing weeks of this session of congress. >> youee now the great pageantry in the east room of the white house. you see correspondents taking their seats. president of the united states on a friday mornin
this. we all knew that it would take more time than any of us want to dig ourselves out of this hole, created by this economic crisis. >> reporter: absolutely, jim. you know, speaking to different audiences as well. you saw there in milwaukee, labor day crowd, union folks, he was trying to rally the democratic base. get them enthusiastic about this midterm election. so far we have seen a lot more energy and enthusiasm on the republican side. on the other hand, you have republican and independent voters who have expressed a lot of concern about all of the federal spending here in washington. as you add up that tab, to $350 billion, in new programs, bottom line is that there's not going to be a second stimulus plan. they know that's fraught with all kinds of political danger. number one. people concerned about spending. number two, the fact that the first stimulus is a political dirty word now. very controversial. republicans have said it didn't work. democrats say it worked. maybe not as quickly as some wanted. bottom line, they don't want to call eight second stimulus. when you add t
out and instead stay on the job. one person tells us she plans to work until she dies. i'll tell what you, this isn't a new phenomenon. take a look at these numbers here. in 1998, 12% of workers over 65 stayed on the job by choice. in 2008, 17% of older workers delayed retirement. now we're at 18%. so we're seeing this number inch up. by 2018, it's forecast that 22% of workers are going to delay their requirement. now not everyone is staying at their current job. some choose to take on new projects. others start a business. one person tells us when he retired he started a small ebay business. then again some other people just decide to change careers. they got the confidence to do that. one mother who retired from the public school system is now a college professor and education consultant. some people have options, t.j., because at this age they're at the height of their careers and not really ready to pack it in and start golfing, gardening and bird watching. they want to reach to new heights in their careers. >> you give some of the reasons there they might want to keep working. ho
[ ringing bell ] . >> the great poet, langston hughes, told us to hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field fren with snow. >> my name is neal ofpettitte, brother of new york city police officer glen pettitte, who perished in the south tower. glen had many accomplishments in his short life. he was a volunteer fireman, an avid photographer and videographer and many accomplishments. glen's true love was being a police officer with his camera on his shoulder, he truly enjoyed helping others and giving back to his community. let's not remember his life by his accomplishments but remember him for who he really was, the memory that he left in our hearts. what our family will always remember about glen was his bright blue eyes, his big irish smile and his practical jokes. we will never forget the sacrifice you made that day. we are your brothers from lakeland fire departments, ron conkima. firefighters peter brennan, billy mahoney, james amato, lieutenant jonna napolitano and larry st
with your afro on roller skates doing the bump roll. give it to us. >> the pretenders. you bring your skates in tomorrow. >> that's a deal. hello, everyone. we have today to deal with. a lot of news live from studio 7 at cnn world headquarters. the big stories on this thursday, september 16th, new details on the california pipeline explosion. the owner was going to repair the pipe three times over the last three years but never did. >> it makes me angry because i think they should be more concerned about the people that live around the neighborhoods. >>> and this, almost six centuries after henry viii split from the roman catholic church, great britain gets a visit from the pope. >>> those stories right here right now in the cnn newsroom. up first, this hour, it is the economy. is there anything else? we're following several stories affecting your finances. on the jobs front, a dip in first time unemployment claims, tax cuts and the political debate unfolding on capitol hill. more democrats break with the president, and the housing market, whether have the latest figures on foreclosures. >>>
go, but it is going to cost. reza sayah is on the story for us this morning. reza, good morning to you. how much does i iran want? >> reporter: $500,000, t.j. that's how much they want. this has been a bizarre process in iran, and no doubt a difficult one for sarah shourd and her family to go through, of course. initially iranian officials came out last week and said sarah shourd would be released. then they said she wouldn't be released. and now today, again, they're saying she c be released, in exchange for half a million dollars in bail money. the latest twist came today at a news conference by tehran's revolutionary court prosecutor. the prosecutor saying today that shourd's f sarah medical condition, iran is offering to release her for that ba ail money. i don't think there is any doubt that her famy is somehow going to come up with thatmoney. it is not clear at this point when that's going to happen and when she will be allowed to leave the country. as far as the other two hikers go, shane bauer and joshua fattal, the prosecutor said today they're not going anywhere, they'
. thanks for joining us. 9/11 nine years vilater. here is the view in new york city right now at this moment. the familiar tribute in light snell synonymous with ground zero, symbolizing the fall in towers of the world trade center and serving as a silent reminder of the nearlypeople who died in the terror attacks. earlier in new york at the pentagon and at a quiet field in pennsylvania, solemn ceremonies marked the moments when hijackers took control of four airliners and took aim at american's political and financial capitals. the nation has changed in many ways since then. some of the change is obvious. others more so. we start with this morning's gathering of families and loved ones in manhattan, clutching photos and fighting back tears. newyork fell silent at 8:46 a.m. and again at 9:03, the moments when two jets crashed into the twin towers. acre moment reminiscent of the one that dawned nine use ago. the area remembers a construction senite full of equipment and full of grand plans for a fitting memorial. >> leeann @ lehr. >> daniel thomas awfully tough. >> what has a b
, despite all the hard times. for awful us on the cnn express, i'm tom foreman. i'm tom foreman. we'll see you down the road. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the nation's school system under the microscope. a new documentary details the pressures faced by students, parents and teachers. later this hour we'll talk to the director of race to nowhere. and the city of toronto turns to kre cheesy tv ads to get people to recycle their unwanted electronics. josh levs has the latest viral videos. and george clooney's new film opens at theaters around the country. find out what a film critic thinks about this week's new releases. it is saturday september 4th, you're in the cnn "newsroom," i'm fredricka whitfield. okay, tropical storm earl makes landfall in eastern canada downing power lines, sparking power outages and it's creating dangerous surf along the east coast in its wake. earl never did make landfall in the u.s., so now some u.s. beaches are open again, however, there are still some dangers in the surf. our team coverage begins right here, we're covering this storm or what's left
. at the moment, each carrier flies to 69 u.s. cities. southwest is quite a bit larger. last year southwest blew nor than 100 million passengers while airtran flew about 24 million. look at aircraft there. southwest has about 544 aircraft. airtran about 138 aircraft. the vast majority of boeing 737s making it easy to have standard maintenance. if regulators and shareholders approve this will be the third major airline consolidation in two years. united and continental are due to close their merger days from now this week becoming the largest airline in america. today that title belongs to delta, which acquired northwest in 2008. enough with the facts and figures. what about fares and fees? time to bring in my q&a partner richard quest in london. from dallas, rick seaney, the ceo of faircompare.com. richard, start with you in europe. a lot of experience with discount airlines. generally speaking the merger of two airlines means, could mean -- could mean -- higher prices. not always the case. in this case what does it mean when it's two discount airlines? >> i think the thing to remember is why so
. >> all right, kate baldwin joining us live now from washington. kate, exactly how will the president's job bill help small businesses? >> be it coming from the small business job bill or somewhere else, small businesses really need some breathing room to give consumers confidence to spend as well as give them confidence to hire again. small business has been hurting, and president obama has called it the heart of the american economy and is urging congress to help. but as we check back with one small business owner, she fears they've heard it all before. >> my second floor was a showroom for the high-end bikes. >> we met denise moore nine months ago as she was closing down capitol hill bikes in washington after nine months in business with the recession. that was then, this is now. demoore has reopened what she describes as a leaner, meaner operation in a much smaller space. the good news, customers are starting to come back. but demoore says she, like other small businesses, is still facing the same challenges that got her in a tough spot to begin wi with: access to cash and credit.
includes susan candiotti who is at cape cod for us. but first let's touch base with reynolds wolf. nobody said it was going to be devastating. the potential was there, but we cover it like we have to cover it and thank goodness it it was a dud. >> let's show you what's been happening. we've gone from the dark situation where this was a powerhouse, the biggest store on the planet. we're talking category 4. it was just a really huge saw blade spinning through the atmosphere right along the outer banks. now it is only a tropical storm and you see the winds there at 70 miles per hour, gusts have been a bit stronger, but the wig danger this thing poses is really not the winds but the strong waves that emanate from the center of circulation. that massive amount of water that's going to be pushed toward the coastline is one of the things that can create rip currents up and down the sea from -- the coastline from, say, all the way in maine clear south to florida. so that will be an issue for a lot of people through the rest of the weekend. as this storm continues to march to the northeast, it sho
of the image. >> too bad tony harris is off. he could show us a few moves. thank you, josh. very good advice. take heart, gentlemen, if you want to be sexy. >> move that wrist is shoulder. >> there's no saving you, so let's move on. the big stories for wednesday, september 8th, and it is a big day -- >> still feels really surreal. >> it doesn't sink in until we have visual confirmation by us. it's hard to sink in. >> they are about to get it sunken in, dozens of colorado families wait to see if their homes are still standing. one family wondering where their son's wedding will be next week as out of control fires tear through canyons outside of boulder. >>> president obama, anything to get the economy moving, and with the announcement later today, expect a fair amount of swiping at republicans. >>> for the first time on new york television, the new york imam behind the islamic center and mosque near ground zero. hear why he plans to go ahead with it. >> good morning, i'm drew griffin. tony harris is off today. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> 100
. >>> courage in the face of illness. our own dr. sanjay gupta gives us a taste of his new series. "the human factor." an interview with michael j. fox. >>> two former top chef contestants join me here to teach you how to be a top cook in your home. >>> first, big story for you now. two young men with very different outcomes from cyber bullying. no one -- one is not commenting right now. the other one committed suicide. meet tyler clementi, a freshman at rutgers university in new jersey. his family says he died after jumping off the george washington bridge into the hudson river. two fellow students, dharun ravi and molly wei are charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly putting a camera into the 18-year-old's dorm room without his knowledge and broadcasting elements of -- broadcasting his sexual encounters. ravi, the one student who's been charged, was tyler's roommate. he's believed to have sent out this twitter post, reading, quote, roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on my web cam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. now meet chris arms
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. join us every week for your money. also logon to cnnmoney.com. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> on ts ninth anniversary of from heightened emotio ground zero to the proposed sight of the islamic center. and ahead at 3:00 eastern time, a closer look at that deadly pipeline explosion in california outside san francisco. could something like that happen where you live? and at 4:00, another perspective on the islamic center. we'll talk to jurrjensists fra sweden, south africa as well as israel. in that straight ead here the news room. the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks had arrived with sorrow and with debate. the deadliest acts of terrorism in the u.s. history was remembered this morningith memorial services in york, washington as well as pennsylvania. but the focus has shifted this an rnoon to plans now for islamic center nea the sight of the new york attack. a march in suort of the center started at the top of the hour and we understand a protest is also about to get underway. let's begin with ssan candiotti. >> reporter: at this hour, both sides are starting
today, largely because it's not very useful. the white house released the president's speech yesterday so everybody could get their head around it and read it in advance. president obama doesn't always stick to the script, but we have a general sense what he'll say. as we wait for the president to begin we're going to tell you about some of the focus points of his speech. now, joining us to talk about it, we've got good people here who know a lot about education. first of all, our cnn education contributor steve perry on the left of the screen in hartford, connecticut. with me here no new york, tony mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> w
. good evening. thanks for joining us. 9/11, nine yearshe later. here's the view in, new york city, the familiar tribute in lights synonymous with ground zero symbolizing the two fallen towers of the with world trade center and a reminder of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks. earlier at the pentag and at a quiet field in shanksville, pennsylvania, ceremonies marked the moments when airliners took control and took aim at thefi financial capitals. the nation has changed some ways and some is obvious and some motre subtle. we start with the gatherings, clutching photos and fighting back tears. new york fell silent at 8:46 and again at 9:03, the moment when is two jets crashed into the twin towers. reminiscent of the morning that dawned nine years ago. the area is say construction site full o f equipment and grand plans for a fittingem . >> daniel thomas -- >> what has become an annual custom, the names of the 2,752 people who died at the world trade center site were read allowed and their loved ones mourn and remembered. president barack obama traveled to the pent
's not a local crackpot running for dog catcher. it's christine o'donnell, a republican nominee for u.s. senate and a darling of the surging tea party movement. here's her surprising claim resurfacing from a 1999 interview. >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i never joined a coven. >> you were a witch? >> i didn't join a coven. let's get this straight. >> i love this, you're a witch. you go i was a witch. wait. >> that's exactly why. because -- because i dabbled into witchcraft, hung around people doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. >> okay. her kmenltds are raising eyeb w eyebrows and concerns from the gop establishment. but what matters most of what voters are thinking just six weeks ahead of the midterm elections. jim acosta will join wisconsin the results of a weekend straw poll. and john avalon looks at her mission, damage control. o'donnell canceled two sunday talk show appearances after this came to light. and now you are calling her the new queen of wing nuts. >> ah, the queen of the wing nuts. this week she was clear to say she was not a wing
document. back in 1994, republicans used the contract with america to take back control of the house of representatives swells take back the senate. what we have seen this morning is house republicans are unveiling this pledge with america, but the bottom line is what they're trying to do is tell voters voss the country, look, we are going to reform washington. we lost our way for the past eight years or so, but we are going to help you out. what democrats have done over the past couple of years is not enough. >> are all republicans on board with this pledge? >> well, you know, mixed reviews. national review, a very well respected weekly magazine says that we'll take the pledge. they say -- they compare it to the contract with america. they say the inevitable question is -- is the pledge as bold as the contract? their answer, the pledge is bolder, but we are hearing a different theme from red state, a very nunsial blogging site. they say when aamerica needs a bold, simple fresh plan to put america on the path to constitutional insanity, we get an 8,000 word term paper of inside the b
>>> hey, guys. well, glad you joined us today. we had a great show and back here tomorrow. meanwhile, that does it for us. let's head back down to atlanta and john. >> thanks very much, kiran. the news continues here on cnn with kyra phillips. >> so nice to have you here. >> good morning. >> we all know why. you had a chance to catch up with some old buddies you haven't seen in, what? three decades. >> been a long time. not three decades. >> what was so special for me, not only to see how excited you were to team up with them but how excited rush was to see you and coming up on stage and jam, we had to top off the show with this. ♪ >> i guess you could qualify that as geezer rock. >> you said that was, like, the highlight -- a highlight of your life. >> my musical life. there are lots of other highlights in my life, of course. >> i hope so. >> but in terms of a frustrated guitarist and had a dream, i know you wanted to be a country singer, you know, to be able to exercise that jones even for four minutes playing limelight with them on stage -- >> it is great. >> an awful
with terrorists is now in u.s. custody. reportedly telling intelligence agents that this is how a terror plot in europe was supposed to pan out. and apparently osama bin laden signed off on it. again, we are talking about europe in this case. our senior international correspondent nic robertson following the story and in our a abu da by bureau. was it foiled and were there any arrests? >> reporter: none that we're aware of, kyra. the reason is the would be attackers never left the tribal border region of pakistan where the plot was being hatched. ahmed asdiki was transferred to u.s. custody. he is talking a lot according to german counterterrorism officials and his information is that which is led to an increase in drone attacks inside pakistan on the sites where the jihadists have their training and also led to european counterterrorism officials becoming aware of this mumbai-style attack in britain, in france and in germany. although, britain and germany are both saying that no one was in any immediate danger and appears to be because the plotters and potential attackers were still there in
this battle is costing the u.s. economy tons of money. >>> plus, you know rick sanchez as the outspoken host of cnn's "rick's list" but did you know he was once an impoverished refugee? i've read his book, we'll talk about it live. >>> and an electric car that goes 307 miles an hour. i know you're not interested in going that fast on the highway any time soon. but the technology behind the buckeye bullet could help build our future cars. i'll talk about that, as well. >>> but first, defending religious freedom in this country continues to be a hot issue. there is an emergency meeting under way right now in d.c. an interfaith meeting. it is a meeting to talk about this growing islamaphobia in this country. we're bringing you that in a moment. but i want to bring you back to why this is an issue. and it all goes back to the proposed construction of a mosque and islamic center near ground zero. this is the property that's being looked at. it's called park 51. that's the project. it was an old burlington coat factory. we talk about it as being -- or some people talk about it as being at ground z
for us down there, susan.in >> reporter: i think as things wind down or certainly as the city wakes up, you are seeing more and more people who are in this area, people who obviously have made a conscious decision to want to be as close as they can to the ceremony. so you are seeing not only family members who attend theer ceremony being here and some who are escorted in but other relatives who come from the area who come in on their own to attend the ceremony every year. we are also hearing church bells ringing as they have throughout the morning during various points of the ceremony as well. that adds to the emotion of the moment. we also talked to police commissioner, ray kelly, about this morning. he told me, new yorkers, in particular, are very resilient. y, they feel the pain of what happened and every day, he also said, it is in the back of everyone's mind what happened on that fateful day. people here remain mindful that something might happen again. he said in the future but he insisted that new yorkers are ready for whatever might lie ahead. certain certainly, the city has ta
>> david, you're allowing us to end on a positive note, so thank you for that. we wish you the best of luck. and also, rod, thank you for joining us. it was a really good show. and a big thank you to all of our cnn i-reporters for showing us how real people are doing. if you want to become part of the i-report community, just logon to ireport.com and get started. we'll see you right back here saturday morning. but let's you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. cnn saturday continues right now. you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. cnn saturday continues right now.ge you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. cnn saturday continues right now.t you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. cnn saturday continues right now. you a check of the top stories in the cnn newsroom. cnn saturday continues right now.op stories in the cnn newsr. cnn saturday continues right now. >>> good morning, everybody. earl seems to be in a hurry to get on out of here. the storm is getting weaker. it's moving out, but it could still cause some problems for your labor
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at meetings. he was criticized after 9/11 for saying u.s. supported repressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks. maintained his remarks on "60 minutes" had been taken out of context. rauf supports israel's right to exist but says as a bridge builder he can't condemn radical palestinian group hamas as terrorists. as for the islamic center near ground zero, he says that, too, is about bridges. >> this is also hour expression of the 99.9% of muslims all over the world, including americans, who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism. this is about our stand as the muslim community, part of this community. >> reporter: right now this moderate muslim cleric finds him self at the eye of a storm. >> imam feisal abdul rauf will answer more questions tonight at 9:00 eastern on layer lay. rauf will talk with soledad o'brien. you won't see it anywhere else. that's tonight at 9:00 eastern. >>> later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump starting the anemic economy at $350 billion. the price tag is staggering and earning comparisons to the stimulus pack
and afghanistan. thanks for starting your day with us. >>> also coming up over the next 90 minutes, protecting state secrets or going too far. the defense department buys and then destroys thousands of copies of this book, written by an army reserve officer. a book disclosing secret operations in afghanistan. a department spokesman says the book titled "operation dark heart" contained information that could damage national security. the author, a lieutenant colonel, said the action, quoting here, smacks of retaliation. >>> believe it or not, this bird, that one there, it's under arrest. police in one notorious drug trading city in colombia said the parrot was trained by his owners, suspected drug dealers torbgs alert them when the police showed up. we'll have the details for you in the morning passport. >>> plus profiting on youtube. you may not know their names, but you know their videos. now their online videos are earning them a pretty good living. >>> let's get right to the controversy over a leading baptist minister. bishop eddie long of the new birth missionary baptist church is expected
more than a year in an iranian prison sayro shourd is back in the u.s. following her release last week. shourd was let go after she reportedly found a lump in her breast, but now she says that doctors in oman told her she is physically well. shourd is one of three american hikers detained by iran after they allegedly crossed over the border from iraq in july of 2009. well, today she thanked iran for letting her go, but called on the country to release her fiance shane bauer and their friend josh fattal. shourd's arrival comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is visit being new york. he's in town for the united nations general assembly session that begins tomorrow. in an interview with abc, ahmadinejad talked about the relieves sarah shourd and said he'd like to see some resipcation from the u.s. >> translator: it's true that the islamic republic of iran took a humanitarian measure and released one of the three individuals who entered our borders, miss sarah shrewd. this was a huge humanitarian gesture. now you may be aware that eight iranians are illegally being detained in the
>>> well, that's going to do it for us on "american morning." we'll be back here bright and early tomorrow. hope you have a great day. >> cnn newsroom starts with jim acosta right now. >>> i'm jim acosta in for kyra phillips. here's what we are working on this labor day. a crackdown on craigslist. cnn showed you how the online service had become an area for prostitutes. >>> we are also showing you the american jihadist. he is likely to strike again. >>> and women are making more money than their male counterparts? i don't like the sound of that. you are in the cnn newsroom. and we are grilling up some politics on this labor day. we begin counting down to the midterm elections. for the next 58 days we'll look at the rage building among american voters. many are angry and calling for big changes in washington. they'll have the chance to make those changes in the senate, 37 deets seats are up for grabs, and in the house, 435 seats up in all. there are signs of a voter rebellion in the work to give congress back to the republicans. those are the stakes on the line. and the cnn electio
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
? >> they told us nothing. i mean, i don't know how anybody cannot repair a smell like that. and not find that smell. especially going to neighborhoods -- there's other neighborhoods that have smelled the same smell, really strong. >> reporter: and for how long have you smelled this? >> for a good three weeks. >> reporter: what did they tell you to do? >> when the head came out, they said shut the door and go inside the house and that was it. and you can see, what happened. it's just ridiculous. >> reporter: now, this morning pg & e did acknowledge that they're aware of this gentleman's accusations, and they say they're poring over their records to see if they were in this neighborhood. but again, ali, still there is a search going on for potential victims here. and until that work is done, pg & e says they can't get close enough to the pipe to really analyze it. >> natural gas is infused with a smell. so the idea is that people should be able to smell it. it's not the natural smell of the gas. they put that in there so when there is a leak and people describe it, the gas company should k
to bring in professor garcia at the university of texas. professor garcia thank you for joining us. let me start out by asking you if you heard, saw anything this morning when this took place? >> good morning. actually, no i didn't see anything. we first received word across campus via a text message alert system that the university has in place and that was approximately at 8:30 this morning. shortly thereafter we started hearing the campus sirens going off and that's the moment when we knew the campus was in lockdown. will you get a text message when the campus is no longer in lockdown? >> yes. the way the system is set up, we get those alerts when it begins and end internally, those we've been receiving multiple e maim streams from people within the department, people within different safety committees, so the ut committee is fairly well informed internally of what the situation is. >> and i'm going to ask you about that situation and what those internal notifications say, because, professor, as i'm sure you know, in a case like this, you could have multiple witnesses seeing the same gu
's the first time i've ever enjoyed the u.s. open in tennis. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. >> they're going to start this on golf now. >> reporter: new york. >> all right. that does it for us. see you back here tomorrow. t.j. holmes in for tony harris today? >> hey there, thank you so much. they serve a lot of liquor i think at the u.s. open. all right. kyra, we'll talk to you again soon. we are starting anew this center live at the world headquarters in atlanta, georgia. let me tell you what we have on the rundown on thursday september, 30th. we have to start this with story out of rutgers, a freshman at the school apparently jumps to his death after a gay encounter is secretly streamed live on the internet and two classmates are now facing charges. >> i read it on-line i was like -- i was shocked. >> also, coming up, food made in a laboratory. scientists want this piggy to go to the market, but maybe then he could go straight to your dinner plate. >> what i can tell the american public no food from a genetically engineered animal will go on the market unless the fda has demonstrated -- >>
that was supposed to keep us at 8% or below unemployment has been an absolute disaster. it grew the government instead of creating private sector jobs. let's go into the stimulus bill, cancel a lot of the big spending government programs in the stimulus bill. look at health care, get it off the public's back and extend all the tax cuts. >> we have to remind people when president clinton left office we had a surplus, a record deficit over $1.3 trillion when president obama took office. why? the republicans had unpaid for wars, tax cuts, entitlement. do you believe three days later you can trust them on fiscal matters? >> you heard there from longtime adviser to president obama david plouffe and before that republican senator lindsey graham. both republicans and democrats, fredricka, are trying that make their case and make clear who they want voters to think is to blame for the tough economic times the country continues to face. you can be sure we're going to be hearing this in the coming weeks. >> kate bolduan, beginning with this wednesday when the president does reveal that plan. thanks so m
>>> go to our blog at cnn.com/amfix. that will wrap it up for us. good of you to join us this morning. we'll see you back here again bright and early tomorrow morning. >> cnn "newsroom" starts right now. >> good morning, guys. we have fascinating pictures and stories for you this hour, including an unwelcomed visitor to dallas. imagine looking out your window and seeing that. and imagine this a pinkie fingertip that cut off and grew back. the woman attached to this hand says that's what happened. and a show like "punked", baghdad style. using death and fear for cheap laughs. it could be one of the most insensitive tv shows ever. i'm kyra phillips. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> i'm just going to say what so many of us are thinking, this small-time florida pastor who is still planning to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with a koran burning is just beyond explanation. his attitude, beyond explanation. however, the subject matter is not. burning the koran is not only the ultimate sign of disrespect to the muslim community in a time when we're involved in two wars, tryin
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